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Dr. Sheehan On Running

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Book by George Sheehan
Published (first published January 1st 1975)
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Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: runners
i read this at 16 i read it at 21 im reading it now at 24 i realize each time i am understanding it with a different mind and even as i continue to run i develop my own personal 'philosophies' if you can even call them that. its actually helping right now to address this john-henryism that ive heard over and over is a characteristic of mine--a desire to tackle obstacles with that attitude of im going at this mountain with a claw hammer and im going to tunnel my ass through even if it kills me in ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've thought about this book many times since I started running. It was the late seventies, about the time Jim Fixx's Complete Book of Running came out. The idea of recreational running was still considered pretty odd. The first 10K I signed up for was in conjunction with the St. Louis Marathon. There were only a handful of women in the sea of young male runners. I was behind all of them, with my dad patiently waiting on various corners along the course to cheer my on.

When I ran, I wore cotton
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating book. Some of it, it seems, is out-of-date. However, much of it, particularly the philosophical stuff and the content that speaks to the "why" of running is absolutely wonderful! Sheehan strikes me as a supremely thoughtful person, someone I would have enjoyed taking a long run, or several, with. Along with some sections that might be a little dated, there are also some sections that strike me as ahead-of-their time, speaking to a sensibility that is just now gaining more w ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not new information running-wise, but some interesting thoughts on running - I put this in my mental box with Haruki Murakami's narratively meditative What I Talk About When I Talk about Running rather than the purely informational Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Runninge. Reading it in very short bits in amongst my other reading
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is helpful. There is simple, concise and valuable insight about running, jogging, eating, doctors and other things. It reads almost philosophical and almost as though you are just having a conversation with Dr. Sheehan but he speaks authoritatively. I enjoyed his comments on supporting a diet that's essentially just loyalty to the simple main food groups. I also appreciated his word on just the value of running and walking as something meditative.

If you're curious, I don't think you'l
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running, health, lifestyle
This is a fantastic book. Sheehan is obviously a very well-read scholar in addition to his billing as physician and runner. This comes through in his writing. If Emerson had ran marathons and written essays about it, the result would be something like this. The second last piece, "Work and Play," is especially good.
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Set in the 70s - this book is relevant to true runners, although all references to runners are male! The last few chapters are more about life in general and have good lessons - my favorite: how being 9 years old is the best age
Joe Savage
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book of personal experience of a cardiologist who has run for many years. I believe that George wrote this book in his sixties and I read this in my forties. Now I am running in my sixties and hope to continue through my seventies. George speaks much to the heart and spirit of running.
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: running
If you run and if you read then you must read Dr. Sheehan. This one is a good place to start. Sheehan is the poet-philosopher of of the running community.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: running, philosophy
One of those books that defined the movement.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Somewhat outdated. Nuggets of insight dispersed throughout. For absolute novice runners.
John Sullivan
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A book every runner should have.
May 18, 2007 marked it as to-read
this one is a little tough to get into. it has some funny old-time illustrations though.
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classic Dr Sheehan. Some areas are a bit dated but still thought provoking.
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Dr. George A. Sheehan is best known for his books and writings about the sport of running. His book, Running & Being: The Total Experience, became a New York Times best seller. He was a track star in college, and later became a cardiologist like his father. He served as a doctor in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II on the destroyer USS Daly (DD-519). He married Ma ...more
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